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The Patchwork Bride

The Patchwork Bride

A Novel

Sandra Dallas

St. Martin's Griffin

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From Sandra Dallas, the bestselling author of A Quilt for Christmas, comes the irrepressible story of one woman's quest to find love without losing herself in the American West.

Ellen is putting the finishing touches on a wedding quilt made from scraps of old dresses when the bride-to-be—her granddaughter June—unexpectedly arrives and announces she’s calling off the marriage. With the tending of June’s uncertain heart in mind, Ellen tells her the story of Nell, a Kansas-born woman who goes to the High Plains of New Mexico Territory in 1898 in search of a husband.

Working as a biscuit-shooter, Nell falls for a cowboy named Buddy. She sees a future together, but she can’t help wondering if his feelings for her are true. When Buddy breaks her heart, she runs away.

In her search for a soul mate, Nell will run away from marriage twice more before finding the love of her life. It’s a tale filled with excitement, heartbreak, disappointment, and self-discovery—as well as with hard-earned life lessons about love. Another stunning, emotional novel from a master storyteller.

CHAPTER ONE


The bright morning light that seeped through the attic window fell in streaks on the trunk which Ellen had opened. It was the third trunk she’d searched. She’d already gone through the contents in the barrel-back trunk...

Praise for The Patchwork Bride

Praise for The Patchwork Bride:

2019 WILLA "WOMEN WRITING THE WEST" LITERARY AWARD FINALIST

“Skilled writing and pacing propel the story, which is warm and heartfelt.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Dallas has done it again, telling three different stories with her trademark homespun style. Strong female characters and intriguing storytelling draw the reader into this two-hanky read full of love and loss.”—Booklist (starred review)

“A touching and romantic tale by a talented storyteller.”—Historical Novels Review

“Written with skill and exacting language…characters who will resonate with you and hard-won truths about life and love that will continue to matter to you long after you flip the last page.”—Bookreporter.com

“As comforting to read as a hot cup of tea.”—Denver Post

Praise for Sandra Dallas:

“As heartwarming as a homemade quilt.” USA Today on A Quilt for Christmas

“The author's depiction of 19th-century Denver, especially its seedier side, is vividly authentic, while the nascent bond between Mick and Beret will have readers eagerly anticipating their next encounter.” Publishers Weekly on Fallen Women

“A born storyteller, Dallas excels not only at plot but also at peopling her novels with memorable individuals.” Richmond Times Dispatch on True Sisters

“A tale of family, desire, vengeance and betrayal that more than transcends the ordinary.” RT Book Reviews on The Bride’s House

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Praise for The Patchwork Bride:

2019 WILLA "WOMEN WRITING THE WEST" LITERARY AWARD FINALIST

“Skilled writing and pacing propel the story, which is warm and heartfelt.”—Kirkus Reviews

“Dallas has done it again, telling three different stories with her trademark homespun style. Strong female characters and intriguing storytelling draw the reader into this two-hanky read full of love and loss.”—Booklist (starred review)

“A touching and romantic tale by a talented storyteller.”—Historical Novels Review

“Written with skill and exacting language…characters who will resonate with you and hard-won truths about life and love that will continue to matter to you long after you flip the last page.”—Bookreporter.com

“As comforting to read as a hot cup of tea.”—Denver Post

Praise for Sandra Dallas:

“As heartwarming as a homemade quilt.” USA Today on A Quilt for Christmas

“The author's depiction of 19th-century Denver, especially its seedier side, is vividly authentic, while the nascent bond between Mick and Beret will have readers eagerly anticipating their next encounter.” Publishers Weekly on Fallen Women

“A born storyteller, Dallas excels not only at plot but also at peopling her novels with memorable individuals.” Richmond Times Dispatch on True Sisters

“A tale of family, desire, vengeance and betrayal that more than transcends the ordinary.” RT Book Reviews on The Bride’s House

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Reviews from Goodreads

Sandra Dallas

SANDRA DALLAS is the author of fifteen novels, including A Quilt for Christmas, Fallen Women, True Sisters, The Bride's House, Whiter Than Snow, Prayers for Sale, Tallgrass and New Mercies. She is a former Denver bureau chief for Business Week magazine and lives in Denver, Colorado.

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